I Met A CDT Hiker!
Before the 4th of July weekend we spent a few days boondocking in the Green River Lakes area after a ton of recommendations from locals. It was only a little over an hour away from where we were camping in Pinedale, Wyoming at the time so we decided to check it out. It is an absolutely gorgeous area and if you ever have the opportunity to visit I highly recommend it.
We were about half way done with the 6.5 mile hike around the lake when we saw someone approaching. After a couple moments I was like, I recognize that outfit. As the hiker got closer I realized it was nope_hikes, a thru-hiker I have been following on Instagram for almost two years.
Nope_hikes is a triple crown thru-hiker and has completed the Appalachian Trail three times, Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, a YoYo of the Florida Trail and a Pinhoti Trail YoYo. He was thru-hiking the CDT (Continental Divide Trail) again which we didn’t even realize passed through the area.
We chatted for a couple minutes, wished him luck and parted ways. I was really bummed I didn’t ask for a pic, but was still excited to have met him. Wouldn’t you know it 20 minutes later we bump into each other again. We chatted some more and gave him all the snacks we had to help fuel his journey. I also got that pic!
It was super cool to run into someone I had been following for years online (not in the stalker kind of way). Jamey and I spent 2 months and hiked over 400 miles on the Appalachian Trail in 2019. We had to get off trail because I got a serious foot injury though so our dreams of a thru-hike came to an end. It was still one of the greatest times of our life though and set us on the path to traveling full-time.
Nope_hikes is still hiking the CDT and if you would like can follow along on the adventures on Instagram.